10 Records That Shows Lionel Messi Is The Best Ever Footballer
The Argentine’s hat-trick in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Sevilla saw him become La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer with 253 goals. Telmo Zarra had held the record since the 1950s having scored 251 for Athletic Bilbao but Messi drew level inside the first-half with a stunning free-kick. He broke the record by finishing off a devastating counter-attack before bringing up his new tally – achieved in just 250 starts – after a one-two with Neymar. It is the latest in a long line of records broken by the 27-year-old in his quest to become the greatest player of all time. Here’s some of his best stats.
1) Barcelona’s top goalscorer – 368
In March earlier this year, Messi became Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer with a hat-trick in a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. The clash saw the Argentine match Paulino Alcantara’s previous record as he received a rapturous applause from the Nou Camp crowd. Including friendlies, Messi has now scored 396 goals for the club.
2) Champions League top scorer – 71
The Barcelona star’s brace in the 2-0 win over Ajax saw him draw level with Raul at the top of the all-time Champions League scoring charts. With a trip to Apoel Nicosia on the horizon in midweek, you wouldn’t bet against Messi going one better.From then, it looks a straight battle between he and Cristiano Ronaldo to see who can set the next record.
3) Most goals in a calendar year – 91
The Argentine scored an incredible 91 goals in 2012 – bringing the curtain down with a strike against Valladolid in December of that year. Gerd Muller’s previous record of 85 had been broken by Messi for club and country earlier in the month before increasing his tally further.
4) Most goals in European season – 68
The 2011/12 campaign saw Messi complete the most prolific season in the history of European football. A treble against Malaga saw the Barca star take his tally to a ridiculous 68 – moving ahead of Gerd Muller’s record with Bayern Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo will be out to break that record this campaign, having notched 23 goals already. AFP Record breaker: Lionel Messi hit an incredible 91 goals in 2012
5) Most goals in a La Liga season – 50
The same season saw Messi smash the La Liga record for most goals in a season. His half a century came in just 37 appearances for Barcelona as they lost out to Real Madrid. Remarkably, 44 of those goals came with his left-foot and just one with his head.
6) Most Ballon d’Or wins – 4
Messi has claimed the world prize four times, all achieved in succession between 2009 and 2012.
Remarkably, he has been in the top two of the voting every year since 2007 with only Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo (twice) coming ahead of him. The Portuguese is also favourite to pip Messi to this year’s coveted prize. Getty: Trophy: Messi wins the award for a fourth time in 2013
7) Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in – 21
Just to compare this achievement, the record for the Premier League is held by Ruud van Nistelrooy – who scored in 10 successive games for Manchester United in 2003. Messi’s streak was achieved in 2013 and this saw him net in consecutive matches against every single team in La Liga. Needless to say, he was the first footballer in history to achieve that feat too.
8) Most goals in a single European Cup game – 5
The Argentine shares this record with Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano, who notched five against BATE Borisov earlier this UCL season. Messi’s haul came in his incredible 2011/12 campaign in a 7-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. After the clash Leverkusen boss Robin Dott claimed he was “in another galaxy”.
9) Most goals in El Clasico – 21
In the fierce Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Messi leads Los Blancos legends Alfredo Di Stefano (18) and Raul (15) for goals scored. The Barca No.10 has notched 14 times in La Liga matches against Real, plus five in the Super Cup and two in a Champions League victory at the Bernabeu in 2011. Messi’s hat-trick in the clash back in March saw him break history. He always break records with hat-tricks!
10) Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season – 8
Talking of trebles, Messi unsurprisingly holds the record for the most in a campaign – that incredible 2011/12 season. His hat-trick against Granada took his tally to eight and in turn broke Barca’s all-time record. Osasuna, Atletico Madrid, Mallorca, Malaga and Valencia were all on the receiving end in the league, while Leverkusen and Plzen lost out in Europe.
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